The Ambassador in Cuba (Caffery) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 29.]
Sir: As the time for the resumption of negotiations for a new commercial treaty between Cuba and the United States is approaching with the recognition of the Cuban Government,19 I have the honor to point out that the question of where these negotiations will take place is one of importance. In this connection, at my request, the Commercial Attaché has prepared a memorandum outlining various substantial reasons why the actual negotiations should continue to be held in Habana rather than in Washington. A copy of this memorandum is transmitted herewith. I desire to state that I concur with the statements contained therein. While, of course, the legal drafting of the final text of the treaty can obviously be handled more satisfactorily in the Department, the detailed negotiations should, in my opinion, continue to be held in Habana.